As part of the current Primetime Bida hit Pangako Sa ‘Yo, Ian Veneracion admitted he feels blessed to be offered the role of Eduardo Buenavista in the remake of the popular series. “Thank you but wala akong special secret. I admit that I am 40 na so all the more I am thankful for being given this opportunity to work with the likes of Jodi Sta. Maria and Angelica Panganiban who are so much younger than me,” he told Push.com.ph.
Having been happily married for over 18 years now to his non-showbiz wife, Ian admitted even his children were impressed with his youthful looks on-cam. “My 17-year-old kid, my panganay says, 'Dad, you look so young there.' Eh ang galing eh, it's the whole team on the show, yung mga makeup artists, ang galing ng lighting directors namin. Mag-ka-college na yung panganay ko. My daughter is in high school and I also have an eight-year-old so tatlo sila,” he said.
After first playing the father of Daniel Padilla in Got to Believe last year, Ian said being on the set with him again is much more comfortable now because of their closer relationship with each other. “This is the second time na anak ko si DJ and of course I'm happy to be working with them again kasi sobrang magkakasundo kami and especially on this show na napakalaki and I'm really proud of that,” he added.
The Pangako Sa 'Yo actor said he is happy DJ has been sharing his love for the outdoors during their excursions out-of-town. “We're so close. He's almost like a son to me and even outside work nagkakasama kami. Sinasama ko din siya pag may adventures ako na off-roading, pag umakyat ng bundok magkakasama din kami so we're very close. He's like a son so I'm happy that maganda yung career path niya and as a person he's matured and he's choosing the right path,” he explained.
Ian revealed that aside from good family genes, he also gets his youthful good looks by always trying to be active with different kinds of activities. “I really like to run. I run every other day before the show started and yun yung pinaka-exercise ko na. I cook so I like eating so imbis mag-diet I'll just choose to do more exercises like boxing and running. I'm also a big fan of the great outdoors. I'm a paraglider pilot because that was my college course before. I hold a license. And then I went into skydiving and then mga four years ago I went into paragliding. Even my kids are solo flyers. I also love sailing, I love climbing Mt. Makulot and Mt. Banahaw. And I'm always with my kids,” he said.
With the “Dad Bod” mentality in season now, Ian said he hopes not to let his body look too different from how it is now. “I don't have a six-pack that's for sure but I play basketball, I play tennis, I play football. Siguro your body is just a reflection of the things that you do and I'm not a big fan of the gym kasi I'm afraid to be vain. I don't see myself carrying weights and looking in the mirror and posing. That's just not me. So I'd rather do martial arts or boxing or something where may hinahabol kang na bola or may ka-spar ka na tao, yung ganun. Yung competitive nature in me likes yung mga ganun. Pero wala akong abs kahit kailan (laughs),” he said.